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Five-Star Grand Cruise - Black Sea to the Danube

Experience the magic of the blue Danube

From £3,095 per person


Aboard the state of the art Amadeus Silver II which comes replete cutting-edge facilities, follow the path of the Black Sea as it makes its journey towards the coast and soak up the very best of Eastern Europe; from the unusual nature of the Danube Delta and the unique cities of Serbia and Bulgaria to the vast expanses and traditions of the Great Hungarian Plains.

Then experience the magic of the blue Danube from the twin-cities of Buda and Pest to the elegance of Imperial Vienna

The itinerary for your journey
Cruise highlights
Days 1-2 - Bucharest
Bucharest

After meeting your group in London, this evening you'll take a direct flight to Bucharest, the lively capital city of Romania. We set out on a guided city tour on Day 2, discovering the palaces, remains of medieval homes and 21st century modernist skyscrapers that all mesh together to make for a remarkable and surprising destination. We transfer to our ship this afternoon, the Amadeus Silver II, where we're welcomed with a drink. There's time to settle into your cabin before our first five-course dinner.

Day 3 - Danube Delta safari
Danube Delta

We hop aboard some smaller safari boats today for a nature cruise through the UNESCO-listed Danube Delta. This specialist biosphere reserve is jam-packed with wildlife, including many rare and endangered species such as golden jackal, European hoopoe, white-tailed eagle and lesser-spotted woodpecker. Back on board we enjoy a relaxing afternoon sailing back to Fetesti.

Days 4-6 - Constanta, Veliko Tarnovo & the Iron Gate
Veliko Tarnovo

After breakfast, we're driven by coach to the nearby port town of Constanta for a guided tour. Here we uncover Constanta's ancient history from its Greek origins to its Roman ancestry and Persian influences. Afterwards we begin sailing towards Ruse, in Bulgaria, docking on Day 5 for an excursion to Veliko Tarnovo. Day 6 is spent at leisure on board as we make our way towards Belgrade. During the afternoon we pass through the 'Iron Gate' Gorge.

Days 7-8 - Serbia and Hungarian puszta tour
Belgrade

We moor in the Serbian capital of Belgrade this morning, heading out on a guided walking tour to see the attractions of a city whose varied history can be documented through its architecture. Afterwards you are free to continue sightseeing, or do a little shopping, independently. Following lunch on board we set sail for Mohács, close to the Hungarian border, embarking on puszta tour by coach on Day 8.

The puszta itself is an area of Hungary defined by its grassland ecosystem set amongst the Great Hungarian Plains, and which has a certain 'wild west' feel to it. Our first visit during our time here is to a paprika house. One of Hungary's most famous and important cooking ingredients, paprika was once known as 'red gold' in this region, and we get to taste it in a variety of dishes while learning about the spice's historic significance. We continue to the former home of a wealthy 19th century family where we are treated to a performance of traditional folk music and dancing before heading out into the great plains themselves to try some more local delicacies, meet Hungarian half-blood horses and experience a wagon ride hauled by these magnificent and powerful creatures. We meet the Amadeus Silver II in Kalocsa, with time to freshen up before tonight's gala dinner.

Days 9-10 - Exploring Budapest
Budapest

A city of two halves divided by the mighty River Danube and sewn together by a collection of beautiful bridges, we enter the handsome city of Budapest in the most elegant way possible. You have some free time to go sightseeing and a light lunch will be available on board, though the staff will also be preparing the ship for a new cohort of GRJ adventurers to join us.

This evening we stay aboard the Amadeus Silver II for a Budapest illuminations tour, followed by a traditional Hungarian folklore show in the panoramic bar. Day 10 includes a guided coach tour as well as an atmospheric sailing along the Danube Bend at sunset.

Days 11-12 - Arrival in Bratislava and on to Vienna
Bratislava

Your morning is at leisure before we moor up early this afternoon. After lunch, we set out on a guided coach tour of the Slovakian capital, a picture-postcard destination which boasts historic Gothic buildings, a wealth of museums and galleries, and a refreshing cosmopolitan atmosphere. The historic centre features delightful cobblestoned roads, pedestrianised plazas, 18th century rococo buildings and street cafés galore. After a calm night of cruising, we arrive into glorious Vienna for a comprehensive sightseeing tour on Day 12.

Tonight a real treat awaits us on board, where after dinner we are joined by musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for an exclusive, private recital.

Days 13-14 - Melk & Salzburg or the Austrian Lake District
Salzburg

Today we reach Austria's Wachau Valley, arriving at the idyllic village of Dürnstein before journeying by coach to Melk Abbey. On Day 14 there's a choice of excursions. Discover the spectacular scenery of the Austrian lakes, or travel by coach to Salzburg for a guided sightseeing tour.

Days 15-16 - Regensburg and homeward bound
Regensburg

Regensburg is our port of call this morning, which we explore on foot. This medieval town contains many buildings that testify to its history as a trading centre which had a huge influence on the whole region from the 9th century onwards. Back on board tonight, we attend the Captain's gala dinner, a chance to don our evening-wear and celebrate our cruise experience.

On Day 16 we disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Departure Dates
11 July 2020From £3,095
24 July 2020From £3,295

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

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MS Amadeus Silver II
MS Amadeus Silver II

Combining an elegant ship, with a friendly and efficient crew and sublime gastronomy, the MS Amadeus Silver is tailor-made to sail the rivers of Europe. With its comfortable cabins, its excellent and comprehensive range of facilities, and its superb dining facilities, relaxing on board is easy and hassle-free.

A spacious restaurant and a panoramic bar both serve for meal times, whose windows provide a spectacular backdrop against which you can enjoy your meal. On the deck is the Sun Deck, where a set of sun loungers and deck chairs provide the perfect place to socialise as the stunning scenery of the river drifts by. Other amenities include a hair salon, a fitness suite and a quiet area. The cabins feature a walk-in wardrobe, an en-suite toilet, complimentary WiFi, a television and a minibar.

What's included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

Comfortable accommodation

Delicious meals included

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

Not Included

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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